The owners of a number of tartan souvenir shops have been fined £4,500 for selling Chinese-made cashmere clothes from a shelf with the label "Made in Scotland". Gold Brothers, which owns stores in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, had already pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of "misleading" customers.
It follows two test purchases in 2009 by trading standards officers. Sentence was passed at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Gold Brothers, which pleaded guilty last month, was trading as Abercrombie Cashmere. Having established the garments were of Chinese origin, officers visited the store on 15 September 2010 and 293 cashmere jumpers were seized. They were all described on the "shelf-edge label" as Scottish but were subsequently identified as having been imported from China.
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